The Garage Door Repairs You Should and Shouldn’t Try to DIY

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If you own a home, chances are you also have a garage. And while garages can make your life much more convenient in several ways, you’re also likely to face one or more broken garage doors in your time as a homeowner. There are quite a few things that can go wrong with garage doors, and some of them are easier to fix than others. Here’s a brief overview of the garage door repairs you can and probably can’t (or at least shouldn’t) DIY.

Garage Door Repairs You Can Handle

With a little attention and elbow grease, you can eliminate many of the most common problems that come up with garage doors. Here are some easy tasks almost all homeowners can take on:

  • Changing Out Remote Batteries

    This may seem overly simple, but it shouldn’t be overlooked (and really, many homeowners do). If your garage door stops working, switching out the batteries in your clicker may be all you need to do to solve the problem.

  • Cleaning and Lubricating Tracks

    If your garage door is shaking or screeching, the tracks may be obstructed. Clean out any dirt or small debris that may have gotten stuck in them, and then lightly lubricate them, being sure to wipe up any excess oil when you’re done.

  • Testing the Safety Systems

    If your garage door is refusing to shut, it could be that the safety systems are trying to protect you because it appears that something or someone is blocking the door’s path. Try cleaning the photo eyes of your safety sensors with some lens cleaner, and make sure the eyes are pointed directly in line with the door; it’s easy for them to get knocked out of position.

When It’s Time to Call the Pros

Sometime, the best course of action really is calling the experts. Here are some of the most common reasons to hire a repair technician:

  • Fixing the Opener Itself

    If you have automatic garage doors, you also have an electric garage door opener. Unless you’re skilled in both electrical and mechanical repairs, you probably won’t be able to fix this on your own — and you’re likely to cause more problems trying.

  • Changing Out the Springs

    Just because you can technically learn how to replace garage door springs online doesn’t mean you should. Garage doors are very heavy, and those springs are what prevent them from crashing down on people or objects. That means changing them without proper experience can be an extreme safety hazard.

  • Replacing a Door Panel

    If you have physical damage to your garage door, the good news is that you may be able to get away with replacing just a panel, rather than the entire door. But you will almost certainly need to work with some professionals to get the right panel fitted and installed.

Do you agree or disagree with our recommendations here? Share your thoughts on garage door repairs in the comments.

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